Thursday October 18th, 2018

2018 Free Agent Jonell Rosa




Jonell Rosa

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 4/17/2018

Who are you playing with in 2018?
B team called ESP/Jokers from North Texas.

Free Agent –  210-428-1999

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I play every position a lefty can play.

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
I wanna say Andy Purcell, he just competes till game is over. Also a big fan of Ryan Harvey, Steve Whaley, Argen Dodds, Billy Maggyar, Erik Kannaby and LC Watson.

Why do you like the game of softball?
I like it because you get to be competitive and have fun at the same time.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
A lot of awesome talents coming up so it's hard to say of the top of my head.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Everyone knows me as Nelly but that's since before I started playing softball.

What is your height and weight?
6'2 240

Where do you call home?
Houston Texas.

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Gym, relaxing and maybe some BP.

What do you do for a living?
Oil field industry

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball since I was a kid and was able to play all the way to AA including 2 years in japan.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing in Japan because I don't had anything to do at the moment and I just ended hook up on it.

Had the opportunity to play for STEEL and ALLOUT until and injury happen and had to take some time off. 

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Consistency in players and umps. Everyone just flat out competes till game is over. Plus we get to hit some good balls.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Facing mooch and all his moves haha that was a good time there. Big fan of him.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Jeremy Isenhower, he just worked with me for hours and taugh me the difference between being a good ball player and an ok ball player.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Keep working hard and compete till it's ball game! And attitude is big on and off the field… no one wants an Ahole playing for them.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Regular baseball grip.

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Lots of BP and gym training.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Baseball and I am a Yankee fan all day.

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I don't believe in that.

What would be your "at bat" music selection?

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Can't really think of one.

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Snowball in Dennison Texas and budfest in college station. Just tons of fun with all of you're buddies.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Disney stadium, it's just amazing and well taken care off.

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
I wanna say Whataburger or cicis pizza

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
My big boy Tim Ferguson, I was pitching and he was playing first base, he is pushing mid around low 300lbs. Some hit a shot down first base and he dove and caugh it, well I begging to run to first base to help him out when all of a sudden he just rolled to the bag.

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I looooovveeeee Pizza haha

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
I wanna say some Yankee jerseys given to me by a very important person in my life.


14 responses to “2018 Free Agent Jonell Rosa”

  1. Great young talent. Jonell ‘Nelly’ Rosa is a solid consistent hitter who continues to learn the game. There is a lot of room for growth, all he needs is the right team to open the door.

  2. Javier Gonzalez says:

    He recently started playing on TMT with us and the guy knocks the crap out the ball. Also for him being that big he is fast. Great guy to have on the team and always stays positive.

  3. Richard Salazar says:

    This kid here has game.. Up and coming with alot of power.. both backside and pulling the ball.. he just needs his shot and he will prove his talents.. good luck Nelly.. I can vouch for this guy.

  4. Ethan Maresh says:

    Been playing with Nelly for over a year now. All honesty one of the hardest hitting guys I’ve ever played with. Has a naturally beautiful swing and can crush the ball in any direction. Very quick on his feet always has a good attitude, pushes others to be better and a hard worker. Learns more and more with guidance and he will compete with any player out there with a good coach and mentor. Give him a shot a guarantee he produces… I’ll vouche for him any day.

  5. Chad Baldini says:

    Very humbled guy. Loaded with lots of talent and plays with a killer instinct. Given the chance he could play with anyone on any day. Plus he is a class act on and off the field..

  6. Clarence Simpson says:

    Played a couple tournaments with Nelly, and right away saw the power and bat control everyone talked about. What impressed me was his ability to play numerous positions defensively, and how humble he was. The way he stayed level headed, talked with everyone No matter if he knew them or not, and watching him talk with some of the other lefties and work with them on their swing. That impressed me the most. Softball is about helping the guys around you get better. Nelly always has a way of picking guys up and getting the best out of them. It’s always positive coming from him. Everyone that’s ever played with him know what he can do at the plate, but It’s all the other things that he does that will take him far in this sport. Good luck Nelly, the guys at Fort Hood are proud of you!

  7. Art Gonzalez says:

    This guy has the talent to make into top level. Its a privilege to have him a part of TMT during our growth to become a better team. His ambitions are just like mine and that is to reach the highest level possible. He has the drive to play where you need him and a really good team player. Its a privilege to have him with us and be looking for his showcase soon (lol) as we will try and play several conference events throughout 2015 and maybe Lord Willing be able to create something special. STAY MOTIVATED

  8. Tim Ferguson says:

    Nelly it was a pleasure and honor to coach and play with you. Stay humble and always stride to get better. You are one of the best hitters I’ve ever played with in this game. I love your killer instinct with the game and you know my Motto ” I’m always teaching”. I’m truly waiting to see you play conf ball you will excel with any team that gives you a chance. Fast, Powerful, and always thinking about the game loved that about you as well. People here in Japan still mentioning you over here about how you played the game and saying he could really hit. Stay humble my bro and things will come. For the record I didn’t weight 370 when my famous roll happen around 315….. Lol…. And now I’m down to 280 and still teaching…

  9. all this guy needs is a chance. I Played against and with a few conference guys and nelly is right with them or better. Very humble and puts in work. No doubt he will be at the next level soon. Very underrated.

  10. Scott Burleigh says:

    this dude can play ball!! played with nelly for almost 2 years and seen nothing but dedication to the game. always striving to improve his game. sure do miss the motivation this guy put in everyone here in japan. good luck my friend just do you bro and eveyone will see who u r on and off the field. and i remember that day with “scrilla”. everytime i see him on the field that moment replays in my head.

  11. Bowwow says:

    I got introduced to Nelly over a year ago. All honesty one of the hardest hitting guys I’ve ever played with. He has a beautiful swing and can crush the ball to all fields. To be that big he is very quick on his feet. U still aren’t faster than me bro..(inside joke) He always has a good attitude and pushes others to be better and work hard. I play league and co ed with Nelly and he is always helping others with the game. Thanks for pushing me to improve and letting me know what u see that I can work on. He will help any team that picks him up, all he needs is a shot. Good luck this year bro.

  12. JW says:

    I once saw Nelly wrestle a bear with his bear hands, then hypnotized a king cobra by simply looking at him.

  13. PA says:

    Big Nelly the dude can straight smash and can go any where, I seen the dude go back side, middle and blasting bombs and for how big he is he is pretty fast. ALLOUT definitely gained a quality player here.
    by the way if I ever decide to stop sponsoring and I decide to make a team I will call you ( Nelly ) and you have to come with me! lol

    Good luck big fella and keep having fun!!

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